Diakite denies QPR absence was because of depression
QPR midfielder Samba Diakite has responded to reports suggesting he returned to France suffering with depression as totally wide of the mark. The Mali international admits that he has recently taken in a break back in Paris, but that trip is believed to have been undertaken due to a delicate personal matter.
The 23 year old is now back in London and was put through his paces along with the rest of the QPR squad on Friday.
"Frankly, I do not understand why some people start rumours like that," Diakite told RMC Sport.
"I was a bit tired in the last few days and my club allowed me to spend three days in Paris. But I am not depressed.
"My club are my employers and I was in contact with them every day.
"All of a sudden I wake up this morning, open the newspapers and learn that someone has said that I am depressed. This is ridiculous and disappointing.
"I am currently in London and I have been to training, so this is amazing.
"It saddens me because I received calls from concerned members of my family. Fortunately I am a strong character as this could have had serious consequences for someone who is weak.
"I want to assure my friends and fans of QPR that I will be at training on Monday with the rest of the group and all is well."